Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.
“When I look out across the field of American evangelicalism and see a world dominated by celebrity pastors, turn-or-burn dogmatism, religiopolitical campaigns, anti-intellectualism, super-deluxe-mega-churches, and a nonstop stream of Christian merchandise to buy, it leaves me profoundly unconvinced that this was at all what Jesus had in mind when he said “on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not overcome it.””—
“Small government conservative” Gov. Rick Perry and libertarian Dr. Ron Paul both support this state law that forces a medically UNNECESSARY procedure on a pregnant woman, and also says that she must LISTEN to the test results.
Who pays for the test? How can a libertarian support a law that forces someone to LISTEN to something they may not wish to hear?
“I’ve often thought there ought to be a manual to hand to little kids, telling them what kind of planet they’re on, why they don’t fall off it, how much time they’ve probably got here, how to avoid poison ivy, and so on. I tried to write one once. It was called Welcome to Earth. But I got stuck on explaining why we don’t fall off the planet. Gravity is just a word. It doesn’t explain anything. If I could get past gravity, I’d tell them how we reproduce, how long we’ve been here, apparently, and a little bit about evolution. I didn’t learn until I was in college about all the other cultures, and I should have learned that in the first grade. A first grader should understand that his or her culture isn’t a rational invention; that there are thousands of other cultures and they all work pretty well; that all cultures function on faith rather than truth; that there are lots of alternatives to our own society. Cultural relativity is defensible and attractive. It’s also a source of hope. It means we don’t have to continue this way if we don’t like it.”—Kurt Vonnegut (Interview with Playboy, 1973)